Oakham’s 1st VI played some outstanding hockey against the best teams across the country to reach the semi-finals of the National Indoor Hockey Finals at Whitgift School this weekend.
The boys settled their nerves after a disappointing first match against the hosts, to then win against Dean Close (5-0), Ipswich (5-0) and draw against Egglescliffe (2-2). Their high cumulative score resulted in a place the Semi-Finals.
“It was a very nervy Semi-Final game against Kingston Grammar School,” says Oakham’s Director of Hockey James Bateman. “We had 90% possession, but were unable to gain the win as they sat very deep.” The game went to penalty strokes after tying 1-1. Despite scoring the first two strokes, Oakham missed the 3rd shot, resulting in a win for Kingston.
“Overall, I’m absolutely thrilled that we made the National Finals yet again this year,” continues James. “To be in a national final competition, either indoor or outdoor, for four years running, shows the exceptionally high level of hockey in play at Oakham.”
The team secured their place in the finals back in December, after an incredibly fierce regional tournament where they beat Malvern (11-0), Rugby, (6-0), Warwick (5-1), Worksop (4-0), and drew against Repton (2-2).